By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, January 14, 1998

70-year buddies all jazzed up

IT'S staggering to contemplate, but Honolulu bandleader Del Courtney and jazz legend Dave Brubeck have known each other for 70 years! Jazz singer Jimmy Borges could scarcely believe it when he joined the pair for a quiet dinner at Orchids Monday in the Halekulani. As the three compared notes on their days in Oakland, Brubeck recalled that his brother was a drummer in Courtney's orchestra, and that occasionally the band would rehearse in the Brubeck house when Dave was but 7-years-old. He said that the jazz orientation of Courtney's band in those days influenced his own decision to become a jazz musician. Borges listened open-mouthed and was especially pleased that at 62, he was "the kid" at the gathering ...

THE previous evening, Brubeck attended a party hosted by Betty and Robert Wo for members of the Honolulu arts community as the Academy of Arts and Honolulu Symphony boards joined with Mills College alumnae to welcome the jazz great to Honolulu. Among the notables grazing at a Kahala Moon buffet were Maestro Sam Wong, Academy exec George Ellis, Symphony exec Michael Tiknis (whose wife Sharon is with the Academy), Jim Nabors, Ann Simpson, Robert Midkiff, Paul & Rici Cassiday, Aaron Mahi & Kathy Foy, Julie Kimura and Walter Riley, Alice Guild, Wendell Wo, Sarah Richards of the Hawaii Theatre, pianist Loren Hollander, who plays with the Symphony tonight, and Spencer Johnson, author of "The One-Minute Manager." Brubeck and Sons headline the orchestra's Pops Concerts this weekend at the Concert Hall ...

Druce serum

WHEN Russell Druce, who manages Matteo's, Trattoria and other Fred Livingston restaurants, felt lousy the other day, he went to a doctor. This may not sound like earth-shattering news, but it was the first time Druce visited a doctor in 38 years! He had some kind of walking pneumonia, Druce figured, but after some tests, the doctor gave a different prescription: Heart surgery. When? Then and now. Druce was hustled in for emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery. He was familiar with an operating room only through "E.R." It resulted in enforced home rest; hence, Druce is missing work for the first time in nearly four decades. And baseball made a big deal over Cal Ripkin Jr.'s consecutive game streak! ...

IT was apparent to Bernard Horowitz of Bernard's New York Deli that the "wet head" look was in. That at least was his impression when six young ladies, all with wet hair, showed up for a bite, followed by nine others. Then came a van with 40 more equally wet young ladies. Turns out they were the Notre Dame women's swim team enjoying breakfast at Bernard's. They told him they'd heard about it in South Bend and had to give it a try ... Restaurants come and go, but Alfred's in Century Center is celebrating its 20th year in business ...

Two faces of Dwight

DURING daylight hours, Dwight Martin as producing director of Manoa Valley Theatre is boss of staffers Karen Brilliande and Becky Dunning. Ah, but by night, he slips into the role of actor in "Sylvia," the show opening tonight at MVT, and must take orders from Brilliande, who's guest directing the production, and her assistant director, Dunning. Talk about schizophrenia in action! Dwight isn't sure which is the most frightening - appearing on stage for the first time since coming to Hawaii to run MVT, or having to be subservient to his own employees after work ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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